Agriculture and Food Systems: Interdisciplinary Perspectives III

Type: Panel
Sponsor Groups: Geographies of Food and Agriculture Specialty Group, Human Dimensions of Global Change Specialty Group, Rural Geography Specialty Group
Poster #:
Day: 4/5/2019
Start / End Time: 5:00 PM / 6:40 PM
Room: Roosevelt 6, Marriott, Exhibition Level
Organizers: Lindsay Naylor, Pinki Mondal
Chairs: Renata Blumberg


Aggregate food supply has risen more than 100% in the last 50 years. Yet, around 805 million people are still chronically undernourished today, mainly due to lack of accessibility and/or affordability. The situation may worsen in the near future as agriculture will continue to face challenges stemming from population growth, dietary changes, climatic disturbances, bioenergy crop expansion, and market shocks.

This panel session follows two linked paper sessions which included papers on interdisciplinary food and agriculture systems perspectives and queries in what directions lie the future of food.

The severity of recent weather events has heightened speculation about the future of food systems in the age of climate disruption. Dominant media narratives, in particular, have focused in on one primary question: how will we feed a growing population without destroying the planet? The answer from the dominant powers in the global food system has been clear -- technological innovation and increased intensification offer the only logical pathway for feeding the world. However, this is not the first time that dire predictions have been made about the food supply, nor the first time that technological solutions have been offered as the only way forward. For example, in the past, forecasts of food scarcity have been used to legitimize the industrialization of food production, with the assumption that increasing production would improve food security. Unfortunately, despite the global industrialization of food, and despite reductions in the percentage of the global population that experiences hunger, upwards of 800 million people still experience hunger, while other diet-related diseases are on the rise in developed nations. This reality demonstrates that having an adequate supply of food, in and of itself, does not guarantee sufficient access to nourishing food for all. Similar problematic assumptions underpin many contemporary solutions that attempt to make the food system more sustainable.

This panel will take a critical look at the future of food by addressing the following questions: What contemporary solutions to enhance the sustainability of the food system are being presented by dominant powers in the global food system? What social, economic, and technological considerations are missing from these proposals? How do we transform our current system to create a more equitable, sustainable and just future of food?


Type Details Minutes
Panelist Renata Blumberg Montclair State University 10
Panelist Ilona Moore Bucknell University 10
Panelist E. Melanie DuPuis Pace University 10
Panelist Chelsea Leiper University of Delaware 10
Panelist Julie Guthman Univ of California Santa Cruz 10
Panelist Lindsay Naylor University of Delaware 10

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